Review: Cro-Magnon Humanoid “Self-Healing" 3D Targets
CroMagnon Targets are modular polymer facsimiles of real humans, solid and 3-dimensional. They can absorb thousands of rounds of non-expanding bullets or buckshot. High wear items (i.e. heads) may be replaced separately. Available in green and yellow, they are meant to represent generic human male and female targets for use as either foe, hostage, or bystander.
A variety of t-shirts are offered along with them, and of course the targets can be dressed in any old clothes or rags, including camouflage to make them more difficult to spot.
The realistic nature of the faces helps condition defenders who may be unused to firing at anything other than stylized paper or featureless steel.
Since the polymer doesn't cause ricochets, firing may be done safely even at contact distance. Currently, the targets are moved around on a two-wheel cart with a trail, but an armored motorized remote controlled base is in the final development stages.
Once animated, these targets add considerably to realism. Without it, hits on target are not obvious, the "opponent" might not fall after one or two hits, and it moves unpredictably.
Various personas and scenarios are possible, and shoot/no shoot markers in the form of cell phones, guns, knives and other objects may be attached. While they're not inexpensive, these targets are extremely durable and should be long-lasting. Unlike steel, they may be safely shot up close without requiring frangible bullets. Unlike paper, they are three-dimensional and give a better understanding of how targeting of vitals works.
We "know" from movies that shotgun blasts knock targets off their feet and make them fly back three to five yards. Physics class memories argue that it's unlikely. Taking a 120-pound 3D polymer target and whacking it with several swarms of buckshot makes liars of Hollywood special effects teams. We tried the same shots with rifles and found even less movement of the target.
The back of the 3D mannequin looked pockmarked, but it didn't even think of falling over. It appears that the movies may have exaggerated the amount of push imparted by small arms projectiles.
"Bringing Realism to the Range" with CroMagnon Targets
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I have been asked on several occasions what makes CroMagnon Targets different than other three-dimensional self-healing targets on the market and why someone would spend the extra money on our target verses paying less for some of the others out there. Three reasons: extremely realistic, unbeatable quality and durability, and extremely versatile and mobile. In choosing a target for real life training scenarios, these are the qualities that separate CroMagnon from the rest of the pack.
As a gun safety and personal defense instructor, I want to provide the best training atmosphere for my students as possible, which means making it real and making it safe. Our targets are not for all training events, such as target practice and beginner training (although they can be used for that), but they are for tactical skills development training in law enforcement, military, and tactical settings. Our targets are also designed for those that take civilian defensive courses at training centers across the country to enhance their ability to respond to Dynamic Critical Incidents and take their skills to the next level.
CroMagnon Targets bring realism to the range. The target can be easily dressed for virtually any scenario. The user is only limited by his/her imagination. By using masks, hats, and various styles of clothing, your target can be the bad guy or good guy which is ideal for shoot/don't shoot scenarios. Being able to remove the head makes dressing a lot easier when using t-shirts, sweaters, or even dresses when using the female. Staples can generally be used as well to hold clothing or other items in place without damaging the target material.
The quality and durability of CroMagnon is exciting. We have several targets that have withstood thousands of rounds of ammo from numerous calibers of firearms, and they are still in service today. Several of our targets have over 12,000 to 13,000 rounds in them and are still going strong. Many 3D targets can't take that kind of abuse and remain serviceable. You will also note in our YouTube videos and on our Facebook page
that we post both the front AND the back of the target after it has been hit so you can see both the entry and exit of the bullets. We don't make any bones about how bullets affect the target. Handguns don't seem to make a dent. Larger calibers can cause some damage, but the damage is minimal depending on the weight of the round, rate of fire, and numbers of rounds fired during the burst. CroMagnon Targets are tough, and as one client stated, “they can take a lot of punishment." We have yet to shoot one into extinction.
The largest gun that a CroMagnon Target has experienced to date is the M2 50 caliber machine gun. It was firing a 720 grain round and every 10th round was a tracer; three belts were run through it and although it suffered quite a bit of damage, it survived and is still in service. Of course this was after it was shot with eight belts of 5.56 62 grain from a M249 and 6 Belts of 7.62 147 grain from a M240, including tracers, as well as a few thousand rounds from 9mm and 45 caliber rounds. Additional pictures of the targets can be seen at Facebook on our CroMagnon Industries LLC page.
The unique design allows for easy set-up, and storage. It breaks down into three components, depending on the model, and it easily fits into the trunk of most automobiles. The wheels allow it to roll easily to wherever it is needed. Even though it is over a hundred pounds, most any adult can manage it with little to no difficulty, although we do recommend a two person lift when placing the target on the stand or lifting out of your trunk.
The target can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is ideal for shoot houses or for outside ranges. The target platform provides a stable stand for the target, and keeps it stable on nearly any terrain, whether it is concrete, gravel, grass, or dirt. Even if the surface is not level or it is windy, CroMagnon Targets will stay horizontal. Many other targets will blow over in the wind or fall after being shot. Even after being shot numerous times with a 50 Cal machine gun (which we don't recommend for longest performance), CroMagnon stayed vertical.
Being able to interchange parts is important as it will reduce replacement cost. If the head gets shot up, it can removed and replaced. There is no messy duct tape and foam repair, nor does one have to buy an entire new target. This interchangeability of parts mean less replacement cost to the end user.
Best Value for training with 3-D Self-Healing Tactical Targets
In closing why would a consumer (whether a tactical training facility or an individual), buy a CroMagnon Target verses any other target on the market? The answer is that the CroMagnon Targets are more realistic, better quality and more durable (longer life span), more versatile, more mobile, and has an incredibly more stable platform than any other on the market today. You get more bang for your buck!
Tim Cummins, Owner
CroMagnon Industries LLC
We have always promoted the CroMagnon Target as an extremely durable target. We have sent thousands of rounds of various calibers of ammo through our prototypes before we decided to put the targets on the open market. We have a couple of our original prototypes that have better than 10,000 rounds through them individually and they are still going. We studied the results we got from our testing and decided on what recommendations we would make for the best use of our product and how to insure a long and serviceable life to our customers. But as you know we wanted to push it to the limit.
Up until recently the largest rounds we had put through it was a 45/70 WinMag with 325 grain soft tip rounds. It made a mark but didn't create any life shortening damage to the target. A while back I had the opportunity to meet Matt Schaefer owner of Tactical Defense Training in Canton OH. Matt has one of our tactical targets and recently put it to the test. After shooting it with the standard 9mm and 45 cal rounds he decided to put the big guns on it. Although we have put thousands of 5.56 and 7.62 through our targets we never did so with fully automatic guns.
Matt and his crew unleashed several hundred rounds each of M249, M240, and M2 on the CroMagnon including tracer rounds every tenth round. Although they did some pretty extensive damage with the M2, the 50 cal 720 grain rounds still didn't shoot our target into extinction. Matt stated it withstood the M249 and M240 so good that they even hit it with the M2 and it did surprisingly well. They are still using it. Although I don't recommend using a 50 Cal machine gun on a regular basis I do know that it will take thousands of rounds of standard caliber ammo and last a long long time. I am posting a few of the pics from the range. The picture of the back of the target with the most damage was after three belts of 720 grain 50 cal. All total the target has approximately 5000 rounds in it. And as I stated earlier they are still shooting it.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
"Bringing Realism to the Range" with CroMagnon Targets
Tags: Tactical Targets, Moving Targets, Humanoid, Training Targets, 3D Self Healing Targets. Law Enforcement, Military
In a increasingly violent world full of uncertainty we as American citizens need to not only protect ourselves, but should understand proper gun safety. It's one thing to own a gun, but it's an entirely different thing to shoot safely and accurately. We here at CroMagnon Targets have been driven to give our clients a real world experience where you can create scenarios for your team or squad with a more life-like approach. Our targets are mounted on wheels that allow you to move the target around and place at different ranges for testing proficiency and skill. Orders can be placed directly on our website and will shipped within 5-7 business days.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
"Bringing Realism to the Range" with CroMagnon Targets - Gunblast.com Watch as Jeff Quinn demonstrates the CroMagnon Targets.
Shooting Ruger's NEW American Pistol 9x19mm Semi-Automatic Pistol - Gunblast.com
Jeff Quinn uses the CroMagnon Target to illustrate how well the Ruger American performs. The Heart and Lung t-shirt from Shoot n Wear shows the shot placement. Great video and illustration.
Pictured are Calder (14) and Nola (20) after their introductory firearms course. Tony had this to say:
"I really appreciate the experience we had in learning basic orientation and safety for handguns and rifle. We shot about 150 rounds of 9mm at our target shirts. This is a great way to become familiar with handguns, and a must for anyone considering owning their own. Tim is a great teacher! Thanks again for this unique and meaningful experience! This will help me greatly if I ever decide to buy my own handgun."
We've all been there:a trip to the local gun range to practice our marksmanship. We have our ammo and our guns and we are ready to punch some paper.Once we arrive we choose our target.Could it be the usual silhouette that somewhat resembles a man or maybe something more exotic like a wild animal or zombie?Sometimes you may get to choose from a variety of paper targets.But at the end of the day, no matter the target, either it gets thrown in the trash at the range or rolled up, taken home and then thrown in the trash after being shown to a few family members or friends.
Shoot n Wear changes all that!Don't throw your trophy in the trash.Wear it proudly.Show off your skills to everyone!
Our Shoot n Wear shirts are designed to be shot on the range, then taken home, washed, and worn. Sound crazy?Not really!With several designs to choose from and more on the way, you can show off your shooting skills in a whole new fashion.Be the first to sport your new Shoot n Wear Skull shirt or show that you are a natural born Zombie Killer.Use our target shirts to hone your marksmanship skills.
Besides having a cool shirt to wear, think about all the trees you will be saving.
Here at CroMagnon Targets, we want your shooting experience not only to be real, but fun as well. Enjoy our shirts and as always remember to always practice safe gun handling rules, and don't shoot our shirts if they are being worn by a real person.